If your perfect idea of a drink is a sip (or pint) of Irish Whiskey, there’s good news for you. The industry for Irish whiskey has grown with a surprising surge in the past 10 years. Exports have actually rose 220% since 2003. Ireland currently has eight distilleries, and the industry is projected to spend nearly a billion pounds in the next decade to keep up. Some of the more competitive brands include Tullamore Dew, Teeling Whiskey Company and Jameson. Even celebrities have gotten in on the hype with Lady Gaga drinking straight from a Jameson bottle on stage. So, buy some native whiskey and raise a glass to mother Ireland!